Here’s what’s planned for this year’s IAS meeting

August 16 & 17 will be here before you know it, so don’t wait to register for this year’s Inuit Art Society meeting in Traverse City, Michigan!

Sculpture at the 2007 Dennos IAS meeting in Traverse City Michigan
This could be you, if you wait too long and miss out!

This year’s meeting is a bit shorter than usual, but there’s plenty on the agenda to keep you busy. Here’s what we have planned:

August 16 program

We’ll open on Friday with an evening reception, introduction, and docent-led tours of the galleries and storage areas. That will give you a chance to see what’s in the galleries as well as some of what’s not currently on display.

Photo of a stone sculpture of a woman sewing by Inuit artist Eli Weetaluktuk in storage at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, Michigan in 2018 © Cindy Carlsson at
A woman sewing by Eli Weetaluktuk in storage at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City.

We’ll also have our marketplace open. You’ll find a wide variety of items because participants include the Dennos Museum shop, Inuit art dealers, and individual collectors selling pieces from their personal collections.  You’re sure to find something that needs to go home with you!

August 17 program

Saturday will be a full day.

We’ll start off the morning with a brief welcome.

Our first presentation will be by Richard Mohr on the late-in-life collages of Baker Lake artist Janet Kigusiuq.

Janet Kigusiuq, Red Lake with Rocks, collage, 1999
Janet Kigusiuq, Red Lake with Rocks, collage, 1999.

While it may not be what most people picture when they think about Inuit art, Mohr may surprise you with some of his thoughts on it.

The next presentation will be more of a discussion. Pat Feheley and Mark London from First Arts will open by discussing issues related to collecting Inuit art and managing that collection. And they’ll be taking your questions, so here’s your chance to get answers from the experts!

photo of a sculpture of three small figures
Hoping to find out more about these little guys.

After lunch Pat and Mark will hold an Inuit Art Roadshow. Meeting participants can bring  a piece from their collection to learn more about it and what it might be worth. (Register in advance as part of your meeting registration.) Don’t want to bring a piece of your own? Everyone can watch and learn!

The afternoon will close with a membership meeting with an open discussion.

(There will also be opportunities to visit the marketplace for the day.)

In the evening we’ll gather at the Beacon Lounge at the Top of the Park for happy hour. The evening will close with a banquet in the same location. (Pre-registration required for the banquet.)

Get more information and register on the IAS home page!

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